Andy in the Rockies

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Bighorn Mountain
November 24, 2007

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A nice looking rock outcropping towers over the Lawn Lake Trailhead....Most of the day was spent in the shade.  Only when we were above tree line ...The 4" of fresh snow made the steep bushwhack interesting. ...The views of Ypsilon Mountain were spectacular....The going got easier as we approached tree line....Nelson hikes toward the summit of Bighorn Mountain with the 13ers Mount Chi...Fabio and Nelson hike toward the summit with the Longs Peak massif off in t...Nelson and Fabio on the summit of Bighorn Mountain....View of the Longs Peak massif from the summit of Bighorn Mountain....Looking down the Roaring River at Longs Peak....View of Horseshoe Park from near the Lawn Lake Trailhead....
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Bighorn Mountain sounded like a good way to work of my Thanksgiving meal so when Nelson and Fabio organized the hike I was happy to join.

We met at Lawn Lake Trailhead at 8:00 and were hiking by 8:30. We hiked up the Lawn Lake Trail for a few miles to the backcountry campsites Ypsilon Creek, CutBank, and Golden Banner. From there it was a steep bushwhack straight up the slope to the summit of Bighorn Mountain. The 5" of fresh snow made things a little interesting.

It took us about two hours after leaving the trail to reach the summit. Bighorn Mountain itself is fairly unimpressive, but the views of the major peaks of the Mummy Range were very impressive - Mount Chiquita, Ypsilon Mountain, Fairchild Mountain, Hagues Peak, and Mummy Mountain.

It was fairly cold and windy on the summit so we didn't hand around long. It took us about an hour to retrace our steps back to the trail and then it was just a slog back down the trail to the car.

Although not a real impressive tick on my peak list, it was a pleasant day out with good friends.

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